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Chicago Honorary Street Names

As I mentioned earlier, I believe that everything Duke Slater accomplished in his lifetime in the city of Chicago warrants an honorary street named after him in that town.  When you look at Chicago honorary street names, it’s interesting to see the diverse and unique personalities that have had this honor bestowed on them – from the famous to the honorable to the absurd. I’ve put together a list of 100 of the most interesting people and entities that have Chicago honorary streets named after them.  This is by no means an all-inclusive list, but here are some of the people with honorary…

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African-Americans in Pro Football, 1897-1946

Duke Slater was a pioneer for African-Americans in pro football, but he wasn’t alone.  A handful of black athletes competed in pro football before World War II, and today, we take a look back at some of their groundbreaking achievements. African-Americans in Pro Football – Pre-NFL, 1897-1919 The National Football League was founded in 1920, but before that, several professional football teams were formed.  Without the benefit of an organized league, these teams nevertheless found competition with other nearby squads, and many played very respectable schedules. I mentioned in my profile on Frank Holbrook that he played in a semi-pro…

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Duke Slater Drive

(This is part of a special series on getting “Justice for the Judge.”) There are thousands of Chicago honorary street names…so why not Duke Slater Drive? Chicago Honorary Street Names In 1984, the city of Chicago passed an interesting bill called the Honorary Street Name Ordinance. This bill instituted an unusual system for recognizing prominent Chicagoans with honorary street names. These honorary streets acknowledge Chicago natives who have had a significant impact on the world around them. Naming a city block after someone doesn’t actually change the street name – which prevents confusion for mail deliverers and others navigating their way…

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